What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Business wear. Formal dress may be worn 1-2 times per year, for example at the Marine Ball and Irish Ball. - Aug 2020


Business/ business casual. - Mar 2020


Conservative, but casual. This is a highly religious country. Dress at work is business/business casual. Formal dress for diplomatic events or balls. There are several big events each year to dress up for, so at least one ball gown would be appropriate. You can have something made locally. Keep in mind this county isn't hot, so be prepared to have sweaters/pashminas to keep you warm when dressed up. - Feb 2020


In public places, it's casual. Women here often wear jeans or long skirts/dresses. - Feb 2019


Business/business casual at work. Formal at formal events. - Aug 2018


Same as U.S. Some wear formal dress at balls like Irish Ball, Marine Ball, Christmas balls, and such. - Jul 2018


Ethiopians like to dress nicely but casual clothing is accepted. - Jan 2018


Business or business casual depending on your job and your boss. Casual Fridays. You can break out your tuxedo and ball gown for the Marine Ball and maybe one or two other events, but you're also fine in a suit or cocktail dress. - Sep 2017


what you would expect for an embassy: business attire, then business casual on Fridays (half day). I brought several gowns for Marine Balls and other formal events. It rains a lot so bring boots. - Aug 2016


On rare occasions, formal dress (Marine Ball? Burn's Night?). Standard office attire. Casual Fridays. - Aug 2016


Conservative--no short skirts or revealing tops. Dress code at work is generally consistent with US business casual. - Feb 2016


Pretty formal. - May 2014


Pants in public (you'll get weird looks in shorts). Wearing your sweatsuit or pajamas out in public is discouraged as it is anywhere outside of the U.S. Button down shirt at work or a suit if that's the culture of your office. The locals dress very nice and always look sharp, either in suits or traditional wear. - Jan 2014


Work: business (suits, etc.). Public: casual (jeans and t-shirts for the most part; depends on personal preference). - Nov 2013


Business casual. - Jun 2012


In my world, surprisingly formal. Suit and tie is quite normal. - Aug 2010


Business casual is the norm, and dress is conservative at work. The cool weather (at least at nights and in the rainy season) is a factor too. Out on the town, anything goes. - Jun 2010


At the Embassy, it's professional. Suits Monday-Thursday and business casual on Fridays. - Mar 2008


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